Luzerne County

Pennsy Supply - Dorrance

Dorrance Township • 100 Acres

As part of a mitigation project with Pennsy Supply Corporation, North Branch Land Trust permanently protected a 100-acre site located in Dorrance Twp. and a 300-acre site located in Newport Twp. The 100-acre site protects the Exceptional Value Brook Trout stream, Balliet Run. The Brook Trout is the Pennsylvania state fish and has seen its range shrink within the state due to habitat loss caused by acid rain deposits, poorly planned development and climate change.

With slightly sloping topography, the two conservation areas at the 100-acre Dorrance site are found to the north and south of Pennsy’s Small Mountain Quarry operation. The northern conservation area is triangular in shape, and is bounded by PPL power lines on the north, interstate 81 on the east, and the quarry on the south. The southern conservation area is bounded on the south by Balliet Run and private land owners, the eastern edge is bounded by private land owners, the northern line is bordered by other lands of Pennsy Supply’s Small Mountain quarry, and to the east by private drives belonging to Pennsy.

The Conservation area is mainly forested and is closed to public access. Any access to the conserved locations must be coordinated with Pennsy Supply due to the industrial operations taking place there.

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